Updates: 14.01.2021 06:19
New York – Czech hockey striker Ondrej Palat scored the first goal of Tampa Bay in the new season of the NHL and helped the defenders of the Stanley Cup to Wednesday’s victory over Chicago 5: 1. The Lightning players succeeded in the inaugural duel of the year for the seventh time in a row, holding the longest active series in the league.
Palát took over in the 11th minute, when after a shot by the Swedish defender Victor Hedman, he got the best orientation in the pre-goal area and cleverly pushed the puck behind the back of the goalkeeper Malcom Subban. Captain Steven Stamkos contributed to the Florida team’s victory with three Canadian points per goal and two assists. Lightning defender Jan Rutta and Chicago strikers Dominik Kubalík and David Kämpf did not score in the match.
The first Pennsylvania derby of the year between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh was dominated mainly by Flyers players thanks to a successful third part. Twenty-year-old American striker Joel Farabee scored four points for one goal and three passes in the match. The only Czech in the match, Jakub Voráček, did not score.
In the opening duel of the Northern Division, which consists only of Canadian teams, Toronto won over Montreal 5: 4 in overtime. The second offensive formation of Maple Leafs, consisting of William Nylander (2 + 1), John Tavares (1 + 2) and Jimmy Vesey (1 + 0), took care of seven Canadian points.
Philadelphia – Pittsburgh 6: 3, Toronto – Montreal 5: 4 in overtime, Tampa Bay – Chicago 5: 1. Matches Edmonton – Vancouver and Colorado – St. Louis Louis are still playing.
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